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Who can apply for a proxy vote?

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Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a proxy vote.

To check if you're correctly registered, contact the local authority of the address you are registered to.

Find contact details for your local authority

When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
  • you have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • you are a British citizen living overseas
  • you are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

In Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.